After Miku‘s success in Coal Harbour for the past couple of years, the owner, Seigo Nakamura, decided to open up a sister restaurant, Minami, in Yaletown earlier this summer. The menu itself is quite similar, and the Japanese restaurant continues to serve it’s specialty of aburi, or sear-flamed sushi. A helpful bonus is that there are gluten free, dairy free and other food sensitivity menu options specified.
Living and working in Yaletown, I’ve frequented Minami regularly since the opening and quite enjoy the overall experience there – it’s got a great patio for the amazing sun-filled days that we’ve had in Vancouver lately, the service seems to have sorted out any start-up kinks at this point, and the food itself is very good and of a high quality. Plus, with such a large dining room, I haven’t had a problem getting a seat whenever deciding to go on the spur of the moment.
There have been some changes to the interior of the restaurant in its reincarnation from Goldfish Seafood & Chops, which was in the same spot prior. Towards the back of the dining area is a large wall mural that was painted by Japanese artist Hideki Kimura, and there is now a lot of green bamboo placed throughout the seating area. The most obvious difference, of course, is the large Minami sign painted at the opening of the patio.
The pictures that I’ve taken are from several visits, at both lunch and dinners I’ve gone to and from the grand opening party as well.
I enjoyed the unique take on the Calamari with nori in the tempura batter, along with brussel sprout chips, pickled tomatoes, and tosazu sauce. It was pleasantly crisp and not overly battered.
One of my favourite dishes so far is the Spicy Pork Gyoza, with it’s delicious crisp shell and a great amount of kick.
And of course, the Aburi Saba and Salmon Oshi Sushi is no fail – local salmon, with jalapeno and miku sauce and amazing pressed mackeral with miku miso sauce.
Something I hadn’t yet tried at Miku before was the Spicy Kaisen Soba Pepperoncino, a slightly spicy noodle dish with shrimp, squid, scallop, sweet pepper, shiitake, and jalapeños. It could’ve been a bit spicier for me, but I’m used to having a bit more punch in my dishes.
The Premium Sushi is available during both lunch and dinner, and includes an assortment of 12 pieces of Minami’s select items, including their aburi oshi sushi.
The Assorted Sashimi Platter can be ordered in terms of how many people will be enjoying the dish. Beautifully presented, the pricing is on the higher side for sashimi in comparison to many other great Japanese restaurants in Vancouver that have similar quality seafood.
The Dessert Trio we selected on this particular occasion was a matcha macaron, the green tea opera sponge cake, and the mango pudding. Of the three, I enjoy the mango pudding the most, although I also loved the crispness of the cake, which was infused with espresso and Frangelico liqueur, green tea butter cream, dark chocolate ganache, azuki bean cream, green tea ice cream, and green tea sauce. The macaron had a nice citrusy finish.
I can see many upcoming visits to Minami in my near future – in fact, I’ll be going back today for lunch! This has been the perfect way to work up my appetite.